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Avalanche Signs Pierre Turgeon

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche
The Colorado Avalanche announced that the Club has signed center Pierre Turgeon to a two-year contract ($1.5 million / $1.5 million).

Turgeon, 35, is a 17-year NHL veteran having played for Buffalo, NY Islanders, Montreal, St. Louis and most recently, the Dallas Stars. A veteran of 1,215 NHL contests, Turgeon is five goals away from his 500th career goal. He's compiled 35 goals and 60 assists in his 104 career post-season games. The four-time NHL All-Star is coming off his 2003-04 campaign with the Dallas Stars where he compiled 15 goals and 25 assists in 76 games. A perennial contributor on special teams, Turgeon has collected 182 career power play goals and has 85 game-winning goals to his credit.

"We're pleased to be able to add a player of Turgeon's caliber to our lineup," said Avalanche President and General Manager Pierre Lacroix. "We expect the new rules and new dynamics of today's NHL will allow a player of his skill to be a strong addition to our team."

The 6-1, 199-pound native of Rouyn, Quebec was the first overall selection in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft selected by the Buffalo Sabres.

"I had the opportunity to coach him in St. Louis for several years," said Avalanche Head Coach Joel Quenneville. "He's a great playmaker and will help us in all phases of our game."

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